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Do you have any idea on the Ebook mechanics for the patterns? Is the publisher hosting .pdfs? Ebooks are just so much kinder to my myopic eyes and smallish work space!
Lying in my crib, at twilight, as the room turned the most gorgeous shade of blue. I connected that color and the word, and that was my W-A-T-E-R moment. I was no more than 9 months old. (The memory is extremely strong, but inarticulate.) I know I couldn't have been older than nine months because 1) Mom and I moved out of that house when I was ten months old, and 2) my grandmother repainted that room after we moved, to a yellow color that would not turn blue under any circumstances and 3) because when we repainted that room when I was a teenager, to a very similar blue as had been there, the twilight blue came back. I also recall my first Christmas (not quite one year old) because the fake candy and popcorn tree garland that looked like food but wasn't completely offended me, a diaper change ( so less than 16 months - I was a freakishly fastidious child), and hiding under the dining table in a house we left when I was 18 months old, and finding the Albert Memorial and St Pancras completely disturbing ( between 18 months and 2.5 years.) I still have issues with late Victorian architecture...
My immune system violently vetoed* nanowrimo this year, though I may take December to work on the story rattling the bars in the back of my head. To all participants: Good for you! Keep going, you can do it! Virtual tea, coffee and cookies will just keep appearing on the sideboard there for you. *I reacted quite badly to my autumn jabs. While fever dreams are interesting, they're not coherent.
*deletes ragey, snarly utterly irrational extended grumpitude about anti-stratfordians* Great ghu and all the angels, that topic is guaranteed to turn me into a troll. And when I realized that the Venn Diagram of anti-Stratfordians, anti-fluoridationists and Birchers was a near-complete overlap... My most excellent and totally awesome high school English teacher had an enormous crush on Shakespeare, and was a fabulous Shakespeare scholar. She died this spring, and the only consolation I get is that she won't have to spend the next decade weeding this nonsense from her students' heads. She was entirely thrilled when I gave her the Thursday Next series for her retirement, specifically because Thursday spends great chunks of text debunking the "theories". (Also for Richard III as Rocky Horror Picture Show.) Mine isn't so much a literary theory as mistory (mishandled history). Specifically, the myth of historical non-cleanliness. No, people who lived before refrigeration did not use spices to _mask_ the flavor of rotted meat. They were just as sensitive to food-borne illness as every other human being who has ever lived. They did use spices to preserve meat and make it taste better -- just like corned beef, pepperoni and knockwurst -- but really, people in the past weren't stupid. They did indeed bathe occasionally (daily is HARD without running water) and did keep their hands and utensils relatively clean. No, they didn't use bleach, but sand and sunlight? Those work. And note that they made ginormous batches of cheese. A dirty dairy fails. They knew this. They did not like starving or food poisoning.
Thanks, Jarred. I've been following that trial since I first learned about it. Definitely up there in my "coolest things since pockets" list.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2011 on Board Business, June 2 2011 at The Slacktiverse
@MarkG and Adelaide: being required to voice doubts depends on the Bshop and the stake. Since the LDS clergy is called from the laity and have no formal theological training, there's a lot of variability. For the past five years, Lou's stake has been pushing "talk out one's doubts" to keep the Temple Recommend. In this case, it's a matter of a few jackwagons on a power trip. (And not just on this but that matter is for another day.) That's not always true, and if Lou lived elsewhere, it might not be an issue, but it is common enough that it is an issue where Lou lives now. It's not like she can just switch stakes -- that's assigned, and she does not live in the Mormon Corridor, where it's easy to change wards and stakes by driving an extra few minutes. @Ray: Citation, please, on the early Christian practice.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2011 on Baptizing Dead Quakers at The Slacktiverse
As for the question of whether Lou in specific and Mormons in general feel a deep connection to their ancestors, I can only speak in terms of observing my sister. I do have 30+ years with her, and can pick out when she's reacting to social pressure versus when she's acting from an internal prompt. Love does not clutch, nor does it deny volition and agency. All other things being equal, which they may or may not be, Lou is behaving differently towards the Quaker records than towards the Methodist records, despite having a closer immediate connection to the Methodist side of the family and the living Methodist family not presenting an objection. That tells me -thanks to that older sister-younger sister relationship* - that she's getting an external prompt rather than an internal one. * While it's not the same, I see parallels to Lou's trendy stage. At 15, she didn't care about her shoes as objects, but did care muchly about how her Reeboks defined her within her social circle. For comfort and by personal preference, she much preferred snagging my Doc Martens and Vans, but would not be seen owning or wearing such things.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2011 on Baptizing Dead Quakers at The Slacktiverse
Addendum: As a family, we are talking about this -- we had our generation of biting our tongues and sitting on our hands a couple back, and that worked real well. /End sarcasm. In part, that's why I started writing about this -- writing is how I clarify my thoughts, and after spending about 20K words in email with various family members (and burning through my 1000 minutes a month two months in a row -- I thought I was going to have to have my phone surgically removed from my ear), I realized that family negotiations are the same, no matter the topic. Lots of people, lots of egos, lots of history, both written and unwritten. Functional family negotiations are always about talking it out, hearing each other, listening to each other and shifting our perspectives to encompass each other. This matter, for us, was a matter of break-down (Lou, Charity, Mom and I not conveying enough information in all directions) that actually shows better how the system works. In our case, we're all stalling, and in a lot of ways, this isn't hurting any of us. Everyone is getting the chance to make their cases, and while I don't know what's going to happen, we're all improved by the fact of the dialogue and the lessons in patience, tolerance, forgiveness and communication.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2011 on Baptizing Dead Quakers at The Slacktiverse
Re:1632... Well, they COULD continue to make gelatin salads. It's just that making gelatin was such a frickin' bummer when it started with "boil hooves for six hours." (And citrus and sugar being hard to get in the Thirty Years' War...)
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2011 on Baptizing Dead Quakers at The Slacktiverse
And on the jell-o thing: I know the dish came into being in the 1950s -- it showed one was wealthy enough to have refrigeration, it was a new, sweet convenience food and it's very quick prep. It's also a cold dish that can tolerate time at room temp, so would be popular before the advent of ubiquitous air conditioning, which is probably why it's popular in the US South and the Midwest as well as in the hot, dry Mormon Corridor (Arizona, Utah, Idaho). It's the green bit that still passes my (and Lou's) comprehension. This dish is brilliant with lemon or orange jell-o. Not so much with the reds. But lime? Really? *grin*
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2011 on Baptizing Dead Quakers at The Slacktiverse
@Jarred: The refusal of baptism by water (and the Quaker Testimonies of Peace, Integrity, Simplicity, Equality) comes from Ephesians 4:1-5 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. It's part of the belief that one does not make outward displays of faith. The short answer is the unity of all of creation means that the single baptism of Jesus served to baptize all, and that baptism comes through faith and living to the Testimonies of peacefulness, integrity, equality and simplicity. For me, I took the universalist route -- everything is part of creation. That's not always true, but the Society of Friends is very much a faith of personal revelation.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2011 on Baptizing Dead Quakers at The Slacktiverse
Dratted post. I'd really love to actually, ya know, think about it... but it started up an earworm chorus. It's June, darn it. I do not need to be half-humming O Little Town of Bethlehem to myself all. Frickin. Day.
1. ConsumerUnit5012 and I are friends in meatspace. In chat CU5012 kept sending me links to various posts and finally the force of repeated exposure forced me to put the old site into my RSS reader. It took me a good year or more to finish the backlog and another year or so to start very sporadically commenting, and another year to get beyond sporadic comments. 2. Do I have to pick one? Pretty much all of them speak to me -- sometimes not in a way I want to hear, but that's okay. I'm not a huge fan of flamewars, but even those I find interesting because seeing anger, passion, frustration are just as important when seeing human beings as seeing our better angels. 3. I'm a mid-30s monogamous bisexual Quaker-agnostic former psychologist turned massive science & history geek who spends far too much time alone with words, numbers and computers and who cannot comfortably leave high altitude for long periods of time. (That sentence took me longer than reading a thread I got to late.) @ Mike Timonin: I'm a leftie in a totally leftie household and I only use fountain pens for handwriting. (They're easier if one has a repetitive stress injury or Ganglion cysts because they require less pressure than a ballpoint.) Do you hook your wrist, or are you an underwriter? I'm a high angle underwriter (paper turned 80 degrees), so I don't have the lefty-drag problem, but many lefties do. Fast-drying ink helps with that (I recommend pretty much the entire Noodler's Bulletproof line). I've also found that euro-fine and asian medium nibs work best; euro medium leave a too-wet line, while asian fine nibs are too fine and snag on the paper. (Broad nibs are always too broad and too wet.) My partner uses the hook method and these are all points we've learned as he's transitioned to fountain pens.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2011 on Monday Meet and Greet at The Slacktiverse
Thank you all for the ROT13ing. Partner and I are way behind because we're non cable. Completely open thready and hoping someone has a suggestion.... We have two cats, 19 and 18 years old. Both are in very good health according to their vet. In the past few months, the younger cat has decided that he must play in his water dish as often as possible. They get fresh water 2-3 times a day. We've pulled out the fountain again; he shows very little interest in it so I'm pretty sure it's not an oxygenation issue. I don't mind the wet floor (at this age, they could smoke opium if that's what they wanted) or the cold, wet paws (well, not much). Anybody have any idea what's going through his pointy little mind? It's entirely new behavior without any physiological basis that the vet can find.
Who are the writers? I don't have a television. (We do have a big monitor hooked to various devices, but it doesn't receive, ya, know, signals from carriers not named Netflix.) I do have a thing for certain writers and will follow them around to other shows; I also have a hit-list of those I avoid like flu. Yet Supernatural never pinged my radar though it should be something I'd like. Which makes me wonder why I never bothered.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2011 on Women on the Ceiling at The Slacktiverse
Will Wildman sez: This thread fills me with joy, because the farmers' market down the street just opened again for the year. So many things to roast. Funny, I was thinking the opposite. So many lovely things to possibly roast, but I don't turn on the oven in the summer. I'm trying to get rid of heat, not make the house HOTTER. Things to try on the grill... (Not that it's actually gotten warm here yet...) MadG: Is there a vegetarian take on Scotch eggs? (Yorkshire Eggs? Isle of Skye eggs? Mike Myers eggs?) On the refusing/forgetting front: There's forgetting and there's "forgetting." Ya know, the passive-aggressive version? It's kinda one of those pattern things... worth making a mental note about the first (couple/few) times... My partner is genuinely forgetful but he's aware of it and has been since his late teens, so he lives and dies by his notes/PDA/phone. His sibling has the same issue, but tends to take advantage of it to "forget" anything zie doesn't want to do. Learning the difference took time and practice.
Oh, yes... larger high schools have fewer per capita bullying problems. Large elementary schools with pod-type groups -- say four 2nd grade classes where all the kids mix for various subjects -- have significantly lower bullying incidences than smaller schools with individual, isolated classrooms. Bigger pool, more chance of grouping. Bullying has the highest incidence in elementary school, is most violent in middle school, but high school gets the most attention. (I think because high school kids are sufficiently articulate to be better squeaky wheels. And also... better socialized in general.) My younger sister was a bully -- she's almost four years my junior, and I first noticed it when I was about ten. I spent a couple years trying to get my parents and other adults to pay attention. (Ah, the neglectful 80s... how I do not miss thee...) The problem with that was, at the time, I was bigger, and because the adults didn't take me seriously, the only way I could protect my sister's victims was to be the bigger bully and control my sister through relatively mild violence (grabbing her hair/frog-marching her home -- no bruises). That put me in the very frustrating position of being accused of bullying my younger sister to prevent her actual bullying. Sister was... very good at playing the adults, and she was her Daddy's Girl. I hated every minute of it. Not so much dominating my bratty kid sister but the denial of my reality. That was the bigger betrayal because, as the oldest child, I was used to being believed. I was also used to being the "good kid" (my sister is mildly ADD, which was undiagnosed until she was in her 20s; she was frequently in trouble) and had always been told to watch out for the smaller, weaker children. I could not understand why all of a sudden doing just what I was told was wrong. Yes, I was putting smaller, weaker not-family kids above my sister, but they were Smaller! And Weaker!! Until that time, I trusted most adults. After that, not so much. It came as such a relief when several of sis' victims compared notes, convinced a teacher, and managed to trap Sis in the act. At that point, my parents had to deal with it and what I'd been saying was finally heard. At 12 I wasn't politic enough to know that one doesn't say "I told you so!" but the moment I could finally do that (and did) remains one of the seminal moments of my life. Those years seriously limit my sympathy for bullies.
There are 62 current studies, dating from 1995 to 2009. I pulled most off JSTOR. [Sorry, bloody paywall. I don't like it, either.] If you REALLY want all 62 you will have to wait until I have my month off in July (but ping me if you do. I love sharing this, I'm just tight on time). Here's ten-ish? Here's the simple one: it's a meta-analysis and very much advocacy, but they didn't take anything out of context. ******* YouthARTS Development Project, 1996, U.S. Department of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School, James S. Catterall, The UCLA Imagination Project, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA, Americans for the Arts Monograph, January 1998 "Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations," Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998 Business Circle for Arts Education in Oklahoma, "Arts at the Core of Learning 1999 Initiative" Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga (2002), “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: Extending an Analysis of General Associations and Introducing the Special Cases of Intensive Involvement in Music and Theatre Arts Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development. Deasy, Richard J. (editor) (2002) Washington, DC: AEP. Eccles JS, Barber , Barber BL: Student council, volunteering, basketball, or marching band.J Adolescent Res1 9 99, 14:10-43. Eccles JS, Barber BL, Stone M, Hunt J: Extracurricular activities and adolescent development.J Social Issues2 00 3 , 59:865-889 A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES: ATHLETIC BUDGETS AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE Kenneth J. Meier Texas A&M University Scott Robinson Texas A&M University J. L. Polinard University of Texas-Pan American Robert D. Wrinkle University of Texas-Pan American Jan. 2000 Mangold, William D. (2003). The impact of intercollegiate athletics on graduation rates among major NCAA Division I universities: Implications for college persistence theory and practice. The Journal of Higher Education Vol.74( 5), pp. 540-562. The Ohio State University Press. McCormick, R., & Tinsley, M. (1987). Athletics versus academics? Evidence from SAT scores: Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 95: 1103-1116. (The NCAA report about division I teams costing more than they earn came out last year in April[?] I can't find the report on the NCAA's website, but here's a link to a very similar article from the UC system. We have several under-grad papers every year from our Econ/business departments that say the same thing... Given that budgets of public institutions are public, it's an easy paper to write.) ******** (And why do I know this? Because I happen to like my school district, even though I don't have kids in it, and the district is continuing to have money issues...)
Deird sez: What kind of school puts that much effort into sports at the expense of education? Oh, boggle away. I live in the US county that routinely scores in the top 3 for most advanced degrees, highest college admissions, best standardized test scores, best K-12 academics (despite a state education budget in the bottom 5 in the US), happiest, greenest, et cetera and so on ad infinitum. We have serious brains here. While our local newspaper does in fact cover things like robotics tournaments and academic achievements, I can guarantee that when I open my Google News reader for my home town and county, at least 3 of the top ten stories EVERY DAY are about local high school sports (and 2 are about regional sports). It's worse in football season. So the answer? All of them. Oh, and the piece about it that steams me into incoherence? Major, multiple studies have proved, time and time again, that the #1, #2 and #3 ways to keep kids in school, prevent bullying, prevent youth crime, boost academic achievement and make happier, smarter kids are Music, Art and Theater. (They're pretty much tied for first, but depends on which study.) The best way to encourage drop-outs, encourage bullying, suppress achievement and make students miserable? Increase the athletics budget. (References on request.) Also... that "revenue generating" thing? It's probably a myth. At least at the Uni I'm associated with, the cost of dropping the single most expensive team we have would net the Uni about $300K a year. While the team brings in millions, they also cost millions. And no, the money that one (very male, very prone to misbehavior of the type that traumatizes young women) team brings in does not filter to the other teams, associations and events. (Plus, if we bulldozed their bloody stadium and the associated parking, we could actually have dorms On Campus instead of three miles away. And dorms DO make money.)
@Kit Whitfield: I find the microwave does an amazing job on pumpkin and hard squashes. I use hard squash mostly for soup, a sort of lasagna (because I'm too lazy to make ravioli myself), and puree, so unless I want the caramelization, microwaving it is. Cut in half, scoop out seeds, dot with butter or add a little water to the well, spice, cover, usually about 15 minutes. @Dierd: is this the same fellow who got your best friend's fur up? I think everyone else gave excellent advice for your specific situation --no ambushing, I statements, et cetera -- but perhaps there is a pattern here?
On Wizard of Oz: Mom saw it in revival when she was 6 (early 60s). The flying monkeys freaked her into life-long nightmares. (She's in her 50s and still gets them from time to time.) I was not allowed to see TWoO until I was ten. On the other hand, all the women in my family watched Gone With the Wind together every year. Burning cities, slavery, starvation and dead children are fine, but flying monkeys aren't?
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on (Nearly) open-thread Friday at The Slacktiverse
Um... Oh, this is embarrassing... I'm pretty sure it was a drive-in double feature of Harper Valley PTA and Grease. I know I was very small, still living mostly with my grandmother and great-grandparents and my sister had not yet been born. Those were released in 1978, so it couldn't have been second run. (Lou was born in the summer of '79, and drive-ins don't work in midwest winters.) I was two and a half. Given my family's musical tastes, I'm certain I went with my grandmothers. I remember snippets of the movies, but mostly the experience of being "grown up enough" to be going to the drive-in. (Hot dog rollers! The popcorn machine! We brought cookies... the car in front of us rocking on its shocks...*) My great-grandfather bought me the Grease double album (on two Long Play LPs!!) very soon afterward and taught me to use the hi-fi. I remember singing along with "Beauty School Drop-out" in the fall of '78 while my great-grandfather and my various uncles rebuilt one of the barns, and Mom dressed me as good-girl Sandy that Halloween. (I have the dated picture around here somewhere. An almost three-year old me in a poodle skirt...) I've seen both movies since. Can I leave it at that? Both can ear-worm me in about 6 seconds flat. First in a theater was Xanadu (somebody in my family liked Olivia Newton-John... Gram, I think). First movie *I* picked was E.T.. (Which disturbed my great-grandparents, I remember that.) *I remember that part very clearly -- the car was a 1974 landau (two-tone) Buick Electra, the kind that was more land-barge than car. It was the same car my other grandparents had and I thought my other grandparents were at the movie, too. (I was about 19 before I made the connection between drive-ins, big cars and rockin' shocks.)
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on (Nearly) open-thread Friday at The Slacktiverse
Re:the missionaries: really, it's not sweet. It's self-defense. My sister is a Mormon convert, and while she lives 4 states away, she gets pressure from her leadership to work on converting the rest of her family. My name is going to be on a list no matter what. This lets me satisfy my sister's spiritual and community needs while working on my terms. I live in fear that the local stake (equivalent to a diocese) will reorganize and assign a pair of boys to my house. Then I can't help them and we'll end up with more calls that will require the "go away, you're not wanted" response. Further, when I was in high school, I has several male friends go on missions, and invariably, all of them came back with some level of malnutrition. Three left their missions early because of severe malnutrition. A 19year old boy with 3% body fat and football muscles will suffer on 2000 calories a day. Most 19 YO boys cannot cook sufficiently well to keep themselves fed on $3 a day. That takes time, talent and practice, and a margin of error in the learning curve. Most of the young women who come to my house can cook well enough, but they're working 14 hour days plus 3-4 hours of "housekeeping" duties. They don't have time or the equipment. (they did have a crockpot which let them make bean soups, but their mission president decided it was a fire hazard and made them get rid of it.) And I have selfish motives - I hate the way the LDS treat women. It's exploitative. Mormon women have incredibly high rates of anxiety, depression and other illnesses compared to the general population, or even to Mormon men. I hated having to treat social-stress induced mental illness because treatment doesn't work as long as the client's social world remains toxic. (I would do the same with other missionaries, but we haven't had any in the 10 years I've been in this house, save for two Seventh Day Adventists who were looking specifically for Spanish speaking families.)
The Mormon missionaries in my area are girls, and they know I have a standing policy with them: if they show up at my house between 10 am and 4 pm, and agree to not proselytize, they'll get a hot, nourishing meal and access to our guest computer, squishy couch, air conditioning/heat, bathroom, and may play with our cats. We can talk theology (and often do) but they know I will not be converting no matter how hard they try, and will lose the privilege of a friendly, welcoming safe space if they do, so for the most part, they don't. I see them once a week or so in winter, a little less frequently in summer. (also, if they have an emergency in my neighborhood at any hour, they're to come fetch me or come here. They don't carry cell phones, and their car is touchy.) (I couldn't do this if we had male missionaries because the boys aren't allowed inside a house with a woman unless there's a chaperone present.) The girls know I was raised in the Mormon Corridor, and that I have Mormon family members; we often talk LDS Church politics and about their frustrations with how the LDS Church works. (I expect them tomorrow, and they will probably be annoyed at how Mother's Day got ignored in favor of discussion on tithing.) I know that their food and personal items budget has been cut to $130 a month, meaning they have no choice but to survive on the charity of others. Female Mormon missionaries are 21-23 and usually have 2-3 years of their bachelor's under their belts; most are very smart and much more pleasant than the fellows. Since I've never had a home teacher or upper level missionary accompany the women, or had one show up out of the blue (as would be normal if I was considered an "investigator") nor have they stopped coming, I suspect that my existence is not being reported as a viable contact, and I'm being kept as a local secret resource. I've been doing this for four years. What they don't realize is that I'm planting seeds, too. I know that my local ward is not taking care of its missionaries. When they see an apostate (though I'm not because I've never been Mormon) taking better care of them than their own Church, it starts to break through the conditioning they got Tthe Missionary Training Center. At least two of the dozens have contacted me after their missions to say that they've left the church and wanting to know which church I go to...
@mmy: Yeah... Um... I had a disaster (well, I dated a disaster) in 1998 that resulted in the destruction of about 75% of my personal library, somewhere in the range of 800 volumes gone. Since I had to rebuild my library anyway, when the Visor was released, it struck me as a means to preserve my library in the future (because nobody else has access to my computers). It has risks and I'm still somewhat paranoid -- I'm scrupulous about backups and off-siting them at least once a month. I'm also slowly digitizing my out-of-print books so that if we have a loss, I won't entirely lose some irreplaceable historical references. For the most part, I am delighted with the advances in e-reader tech -- that 6cm x 10cm screen was awful. Tapping notes out with styli (or Palm writing) was awful. I am delighted that I don't have to hand-code manuscripts in eBook Studio and that new releases generally are ebooked. I'm also loving that authors are releasing their backlists. I love that, as I get older, my books will become automatically large print editions without having to replace them (which isn't always possible). Maybe it's time for my in-house programmer and I to build a better e-reader.